Redes: El cine mexicano
By Charles Ramírez Berg
Touki bouki: Mambéty and Modernity
By Richard Porton
Grey Gardens: Staunch Characters
By Hilton Als
This week’s festival of free films on Hulu is a real monster mash-up, featuring creatures of all shapes and sizes. The slimy invertebrate that lays waste to a small town in the 1958 classic The Blob is one of our personal favorites, and look for another intergalactic beast with the texture of Jell-O in Hajime Sato’s Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell—though this one gets inside its prey and takes over their soul, rather than just devouring them. The tentacled monsters and winged demons that populate the low-budget fright flick Equinox were works of groundbreaking stop-motion animation. Brain-shaped monsters with spinal-cord tails stalk a military base in Fiend Without a Face. Even weirder is the chicken-lizard rubber beast in the Japanese sci-fi classic The X from Outer Space. And it’s a member of the undead that wreaks havoc in the 1987 New York–set cult classic I Was a Teenage Zombie, about a drug dealer’s return from a watery grave. Watch this punk-horror-comedy, unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, here or at Hulu. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for Hulu Plus so you can see the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there for $7.99 a month.